Indians' 4-Homer Night Dooms Bulls, 7-4

May 28, 2012 6:56 PM

Indianapolis, IN -- Alex Presley's two-run homer in the fifth cracked a 4-4 tie and lifted the Indianapolis Indians past the Durham Bulls 7-4 on Memorial Day Monday night at Victory Field.

The Bulls (22-30) had assumed a 4-3 lead in the third inning thanks to four two-out runs. Leslie Anderson, who went 4-4 in the game, bounced a single to center to score the first, then after a walk to Hideki Matsui loaded the bases, Henry Wrigley drove an opposite-field double into the right-field corner to clear the bases, giving the Bulls a 4-3 advantage.

In the last of the third, a moment of controversy eventually tied the game. Jeff Clement, who homered to center in the first inning, drove a pitch from Jim Paduch (L, 2-3) toward the left field wall. A fan appeared to lean over the railing to make the catch before the ball left the park, and third base umpire Jon Saphire ruled Clemen'ts ball a ground-rule double. After Indians manager Dean Treanor came out to protest the call, the umpires convened and overturned the call. Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo stormed from the dugout to argue the home run as Clement continued circling the bases to no avail.

In the fifth, Paduch permitted a one-out double to Chase d'Arnaud before being relieved by Ryan Reid. Reid's fourth pitch to Presley was lined over the right field wall to give the Indians a 6-4 lead. Reid would allow one more run before the frame ended.

Anderson lifted his average from .310 to .326 with his first four-hit game of the year. Jesus Feliciano went 2-4, while Wrigley's double gave him 10 RBI at Triple-A.

Paduch worked 4 1/3 innings on a hot and muggy day, permitting five runs on seven hits, including three homers.

The Indians clubbed eight extra base hits, while the Bulls had just two as their three-game winning streak was snapped.

Chris Archer starts the second game of the series Tuesday night at 7:15 PM ET.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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